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The Noetics of NatureEnvironmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible$
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Bruce V. Foltz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254644

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254644.001.0001

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Seeing Nature

Seeing Nature

theōria Physikē in the Thought of St. Maximos the Confessor

(p.158) Chapter 7 Seeing Nature
The Noetics of Nature

Bruce V. Foltz

Fordham University Press

Nietzsche, and following him Lynn White Jr., argued that what Weber would call the “disenchantment” of nature allegedly effected by Christianity has been deleterious to the earth. Yet Nietzsche’s purported fidelity to the earth, and refusal of transcendence, entails not a liberation of nature, but its subjugation and domination. Moreover, ancient Christianity had in fact re-enchanted the earth at the very time that paganism had already become empty. Indeed, the Russian philosopher Florensky argued that it was Christianity that first gave rise to the “love of creation” which today we take for granted. This is especially evident in the practice of thēoria physikē or the “contemplation of nature” in Patristic figures such as Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and Evagrios, attainting its full significance in Maximos the Confessor, for whom the “seeing” (and heeding) of the divine in nature signals a return to the lost paradise of divine presence in nature.

Keywords:   Friedrich Nietzsche, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximos the Confessor, Maximus the Confessor, Max Weber, Pavel Florensky, Seeing, Disenchantment, Thēoria Physikē, Contemplation of Nature

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